Help needed from accessibility experts with the development of Gutenberg

Are you an accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). ( expert? We need your help!

At the moment work is done to improve the WordPress content editor. This project is called GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. The goal is to improve the interface and make it ready for the future. The new editor is now available as pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party and the work is done on GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner.

The accessibility team needs help to safeguard it’s accessibility and we can’t do this alone.

If you are a developer, accessibility tester or work for company that specialises in web accessibility, please help testing or join the work and discussions on Github. WordPress is used by +27% of all websites, so this will have a huge impact on the way people (can) publish on the web worldwide. And we need all the help we can get at the moment.

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